TV: Where to watch The Challenge of Stars?
May 22 2020 10:45 pm CET

TV: Where to watch The Challenge of Stars?
TV: Where to watch The Challenge of Stars?
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

The Challenge of Stars is a virtual race on the virtual cycling platform Bkool in which eight sprinters and eight climbers will fight to see who is the best in each category and it will be broadcast internationally.

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 23 of May, the riders will compete in a knockout tournament. The first ones to hit the virtual road will be the sprinters on Saturday 23 of May, starting at 16:30 CET, and will have quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final. The first virtual tournament organised by RCS Sport in collaboration with Bkool and with partners Tissot and Enel will start with the follow quarter-finals:

- Pascal Ackermann (BORA-Hansgrohe) vs Nacer Bouhanni (Team Arkéa Samsic)
- Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick Step) vs Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
- Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) vs Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix)
- Matteo Trentin (CCC Team) vs Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos)

On the next day, Sunday, May 24, the climbers will do a 2.9 km ascent on the Stelvio Climb with an average gradient of 8.69% that peaks at 12.75%. The matches for the climbers' quarter-finals are as follows:

- Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) vs Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)
- Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) vs Simon Geschke (CCC Team)
- Rafal Majka (BORA-Hansgrohe) vs Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
- Chris Froome (Team Ineos) vs Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa Samsic)

"The Challenge of Stars format, with its one-on-one knockout matches, is something innovative and unpredictable among the virtual races seen so far," said Nibali. "While we are waiting for real races, on the road, I think this format is a nice way to give fans a show and create a challenge between great champions."

"At a time like this when we are unable to race it’s great to be able to use technology to put on an event like The Challenge of Stars and bring entertainment to the cycling fans," added Froome. "I’m looking forward to taking on this new type of challenge against some of the top riders in the sport."

The host brodcaster of the race will be Belgian VRT Sporza, which will provide the feed to:

VRT Sporza, EEN – Belgium
Sky Sport – Italy
Eleven Sports – Italy, Portugal, Poland
Sport 5 - Israel
ESPN Latin America – South America
ESPN Brasil - Brazil
Win – Colombia
FloSports – USA & Canada – China
Bilibili - China
SuperSport – South Africa
Oympic Channel - worldwide

The head-to-head matches will also be streamed on The Challenge of Stars’ official Facebook page. The live stream of the event is also on La Gazzetta dello Sport, Marca and Il Corriere della Sera websites.



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